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Salvation Army Kicks Off 'Christmas In July'

Salvation Army Kicks Off 'Christmas In July'


It's not snowing, but Dane County shoppers still heard holiday bells as they entered stores Thursday.

The Salvation Army of Dane County started its annual "Christmas in July" campaign, which aims to keep donations coming during what is usually a slow time of the year. Organizers said they hoped to raise $55,000 at 38 local stores during the event.

People have cut back on donating this year because they're watching their own budgets during the tough economy, said Ruth Ann Schoer, the Salvation Army's director of major gifts. Still, families are in need year-round, not only during the holidays, she said.

"We actually feed more people in the summer than we do during the school year because the children are out of school," Schoer said. "The need is even greater now than it is at Christmas time."

Police Explain No Amber Alert In Missing Boys Case

Madison police said they considered issuing an Amber Alert for two missing boys who were later found dead but had reasons for not doing so.

The children, brothers ages 3 and 4, were found dead Wednesday morning in a car parked on Kinsman Boulevard in a business parking lot.

Investigators said they are treating the case as a double homicide.

Police said charges may not be filed against the suspect in the boys' death, David J. Hoem, 28, until next week. In the meantime police are explaining why they didn't issue an Amber Alert on Monday evening for the missing boys.

Hoem is the boyfriend of the boys' mother. He turned himself in to law enforcement early Wednesday morning.

Hoem remains in custody on a parole violation charge. Police said he is the only suspect in the case.

Despite the case starting with a domestic dispute report, police said they did not issue an Amber Alert for the boys because they were not abducted, and there was no specific threat against the children.

Seven Non-Profits Gearing Up To Benefit From Centurion Wisconsin

Seven Non-Profits Gearing Up To Benefit From Centurion Wisconsin

Seven area non-profit organizations have found a creative way to raise awareness and funds for their cause in the form of Centurion Wisconsin, a weekend of cycling events geared toward cyclists of all ability levels.

Centurion Wisconsin has launched a Charity Partner Program for its August 5-7 event, and the seven partner organizations and their campaigns are:

2 Children Found Dead On North Side

Madison police are investigating after two boys were found dead inside a car early Wednesday morning on the city's north side.

The children, brothers ages 3 and 4, were found on Kinsman Boulevard in a car parked next to Covance, a business located just off Highway 51.

Police have detained David J. Hoem, 28, the boyfriend of the children's mother, in connection with the deaths. Hoem turned himself in to law enforcement early Wednesday morning.

Investigators said they are treating the case as a double homicide.

At a Wednesday afternoon news conference, police said that based on their initial investigation, they believe the deaths were connected to a domestic violence incident between the suspect and the boys' mother.

Police said Hoem and the victims' 22-year-old mother were involved in a domestic dispute Monday. The incident involved a knife at the Moorland Road apartment that the mother and boyfriend shared, police said.

MMSD Expected To Sees Drop In State Aid

MMSD Expected To Sees Drop In State Aid

General aid estimates provided on Friday show that 410 of the state's 424 public school districts will receive less school aid for the 2011-12 school year than they did in the previous year.

The recently enacted state budget set general aid at $4.262 billion for the 2011-12 school year, an 8.4 percent decrease from the previous year.

The Department of Public Instruction has estimated the amount of school aid each district will receive during the coming school year. School personnel use the aid estimates to prepare final budgets.

The Madison Metropolitan School District is estimated to receive $43,203,032 which is down more than $6.7 million from the previous year.

Construction Doesn't Defuse Rhythm And Booms

Tens of thousands of fireworks junkies in attendance made the annual Rhythm & Booms spectacle a success Saturday night.

Madison police said construction zones did not excessively interfere with traffic, but there was a three-car crash with minor injuries after the fireworks.

Police arrested six for disorderly conduct or battery in Warner Park.

And authorities said it seemed like more attended last night's event, compared to recent years.

The positive news relieved many who were concerned about the potentially disastrous scene of tens of thousands of people heading into an area under heavy road construction.

As always, people came from all over the Midwest for the 19th annual Rhythm & Booms, but this year, fireworks fans had a few more headaches to deal with than usual, thanks to heavy construction around Madison's Warner Park.

One of the people brave enough to fight the construction was Emily Peters.

"On the way here we took kind of a back road," said Peters.

No Refuse, Recycling Collection Monday

No Refuse, Recycling Collection Monday

There will be no refuse or recycling collection in the city of Madison on Monday, July 4, due to the Independence Day holiday.

Residents who have their refuse and recycling collected on Monday will have their material collected on Tuesday, July 5. Residents in Tuesday's refuse collection district will also have their material collected on July 5.

"Because of the double collection on Monday, July 5 it is important that residents have their material out by 7 a.m. to insure collection," Madison Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann said in a news release.

Because of the holiday, the Streets Division's large item service may run a day late the week of July 4th. 

The city of Madison yard waste drop off sites will be open the following hours